The Grace of Giving
The ultimate example of giving was set by God, as He sacrificially gave His own Son (John 3:6). In turn His Son continued to be a giving example to us (Ephesians 5:2). Why does God want you to excel in the grace of giving? It is because He influences the world through his people. The Bible tells us that everything we have is a gift from God (But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? For all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee. 1 Chronicles 29:14). Tithing, along with giving offerings, is the method God has placed in effect for His children to prosper.
When you give into the Kingdom, you are planting seeds that will grow into a financial harvest. Many people ask “why do we tithe?” The Bible says, the purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives (Deuteronomy 14:23). It is also God’s personal invitation to an outpouring of his blessing in your life. God says this: Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, If I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it (Malachi 3:10). Is God wise? Do you trust Him? These are two fundamental questions behind the act of giving. If God is wise, then you should listen to what he says about financial stewardship. If you trust him, then you should trust him with all aspects of your life, including your finances. So go ahead. Accept God’s invitation to put him to the test. Start tithing faithfully and watch what he does in and through your life.